“I find the notion of being ‘a writer’ ephemeral and fraught, while ‘someone who wrote today’ feels straightforward and manageable.” —Jordan Kisner, author of Thin Places
Articles from Poet & Writers Magazine include material from the print edition plus exclusive online-only material.
“There’s no shortcut. Not for anything.” —Kawai Strong Washburn, author of Sharks in the Time of Saviors
The author of the debut novel Temporary discusses how impermanent work affects the soul.
“You ask the right person the right question at the right time, and they’ll tell you something that has never before been told in the history of the world.” Emma Copley Eisenberg celebrates the magic of reporting as a research tool.
Imbolo Mbue’s How Beautiful We Were, forthcoming from Random House on June 16, 2020.
“At the heart of it, writing is about connection—to yourself, to those you love, and then, hopefully, to others.” —Nancy Krygowski, author of The Woman in the Corner
Emma Copley Eisenberg remembers her introduction to the tarot and shares how the cards became an integral part of her writing process.
Rachel Eliza Griffiths’ Seeing the Body, forthcoming from W. W. Norton on June 9, 2020.
“For a while, I was most productive at night, then mornings. Now it’s just whenever there’s a moment.” —Brandon Taylor, author of Real Life
Laura van den Berg’s I Hold a Wolf by the Ears, forthcoming from Farrar, Straus and Giroux on June 9, 2020.
The author of The House on Mango Street on the origins and impact of the Macondo Writers Workshop, which has brought together writers who are activists for twenty-five years.
Artist Basia Irland carves book sculptures out of ice and embeds them with seeds that populate riverbanks when the sculptures melt.
An author recommends five journals that published poems from his debut collection, The Gutter Spread Guide to Prayer.
The small press annually publishes four chapbooks of “formally strange or conceptually bizarre” prose.
A research project called Prismatic Jane Eyre compares the many translations of Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel, studying the ways each reflects the culture in which it was created.
A round-up of three new anthologies, including River Teeth: Twenty Years of Creative Nonfiction and Poems From the Edge of Extinction: An Anthology of Poetry in Endangered Languages.
Mystery writer Dana Stabenow supports female-identifying and nonbinary writers with a new residency in Homer, Alaska, inspired by the retreat that changed her life.
The first lines of a dozen noteworthy books, including Recollections of My Nonexistence by Rebecca Solnit and Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong.
The Key West Literary Seminar has acquired the former Florida residence of poet Elizabeth Bishop and will turn the house into a public haven for poetry and prose.
The author reflects on what he’s learned about writing and life from attending readings for the past twenty-five years.
In the second installment in a yearlong series on publishing professionals, four publicists describe the challenges of their job in the digital age.
The critic discusses her reading process, the perfect pan, and the popular Twitter hashtag she created, #FridayReads.
The full archive of interviews with the professional writers, readers, and thinkers whose job is to start conversations about contemporary literature.
“It wasn’t until the final year or so that I felt I had some control over the shape and content, that I understood how the pieces worked together.” —Mark Bibbins, author of 13th Balloon
Lydia Millet’s A Children’s Bible, forthcoming from W. W. Norton on May 12, 2020.